President Signs Ambulance Medicare Relief Extension and EMT Line of Duty Death Benefit
January 10, 2013 - Run Time 17:58
Guest: Tristan North, Vice President of Government Affairs, American Ambulance Association
On January 2, 2013 President Obama signed into law legislation impacting ambulance services, paramedics and EMTs. The first was a Medicare Relief Extension for ambulance services based on previous percentages for urban, rural and super rural. The extension represents $100 million in relief payments. Sequestration is on the horizon again and may negate these gains as of March 1. In addition, the legislation directs two studies of ambulance costs. We’ll discuss this and much more in the webcast.
Also on January 2, 2013 President Obama signed into law the Dale Long Act, which sought to include private non-profit EMS organizations in the Public Safety Officers Benefit (PSOB) program. As a result, paramedics and EMTs employed by a private non-profit EMS organization are now eligible for a $315,000 federal benefit for line of duty death.A person at the leading edge with information on both of these longstanding initiatives and recent laws is Tristan North, Vice President of Government Affairs with the American Ambulance Association.
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